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Thyroid, Parotid & Neck Mass Surgery Specialist Q&A

Thyroid, Parotid & Neck Mass Surgery Specialist Q&A

If you have a lump or lump in your neck that has lasted longer than two weeks, it’s important to get tested, even if you don’t feel pain. A lump in the neck is often the first sign of cancer. Southern ENT Associates provides thyroid, parotid & neck mass surgery in Louisiana. Contact us today for more information or book an appointment if you’re ready to see one of our knowledgeable specialists. We have convenient locations to serve you in Thibodaux LAHouma LA, Raceland LAMorgan City LANew Iberia LA, and Youngsville LA.

Thyroid, Parotid & Neck Mass Surgery Near Me in Thibodaux LA, Houma LA, Raceland LA, Morgan City LA, New Iberia LA, and Youngsville LA
Thyroid, Parotid & Neck Mass Surgery Near Me in Thibodaux LA, Houma LA, Raceland LA, Morgan City LA, New Iberia LA, and Youngsville LA

Table of Contents:

When should you seek treatment for a neck mass?
What is the thyroid gland?
How are thyroid nodules evaluated?
What are parotid glands?

When should you seek treatment for a neck mass?


The doctors at Southern ENT Associates specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancers in adults, as well as children.

If you develop a neck mass, or lump, that lasts more than two weeks, it’s essential to have it evaluated — even if it’s painless. A neck mass is often the first sign of cancer of your:

• Thyroid gland
• Parotid gland
• Throat
• Voice box
• Mouth

In addition to a neck mass, you may have symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, changes in your voice (hoarseness), a sore throat, weight loss, or a cough.

What is the thyroid gland?


Your thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland in your lower neck. It produces hormones that regulate your metabolism and affect virtually every function in your body, including your heart rate, body weight, muscle strength, and nervous system.

Your doctor may recommend surgery to treat thyroid problems such as:

• Goiter
• Thyroid cancer
• Recurrent thyroid cysts
• Grave’s disease (overactive thyroid gland)
• Thyroid nodules

How are thyroid nodules evaluated?


A thyroid nodule is an overgrowth of cells that create a lump in your thyroid gland. They’re mild and often don’t cause health problems, but they may be cancerous or grow large enough to interfere with swallowing.

In some cases, thyroid nodules may secrete too much thyroid hormone, which can cause a rapid heartbeat, heat intolerance, and sudden weight loss.

Your thyroid gland receives assessment with ultrasound imaging, which shows the size and characteristics of the nodule. If your doctor sees something of concern, fine needle aspiration is done to remove tissue and determine whether the nodule is cancerous.

When a thyroid nodule is cancerous, your doctor at Southern ENT Associates may remove half of the thyroid (a lobectomy) or the whole thyroid, which is a thyroidectomy.

What are parotid glands?


Your parotid glands are in front of and beneath your ears, where they produce saliva that contains a digestive enzyme.

Although you have other primary salivary glands, about 85% of all salivary gland tumors appear in the parotid glands. Nearly one-fourth of parotid tumors are cancerous.

If a biopsy shows that a tumor is cancerous, your surgeon removes all or part of the gland along with lymph nodes in the area.

If you discover a neck mass or have concerns about your thyroid or parotid glands, call Southern ENT Associates or book an appointment online. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential to prevent cancer from spreading. We serve patients from Thibodaux LA, Houma LA, Raceland LA, Morgan City LA, New Iberia LA, and Youngsville LA, and surrounding areas!

Southern ENT Associates in Louisiana

Thibodaux, LA

  • 604 North Acadia Road Suite 101, Thibodaux, LA 70301
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Houma, LA

  • 5040 West Main Street Suite 2, Houma, LA 70360
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Raceland, LA

Morgan City, LA

New Iberia, LA

  • 2308 East Main Street Suite B, New Iberia, LA 70560
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Youngsville, LA

  • 1516 Chemin Metairie Road Suite A-1, Youngsville, LA 70592
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